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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It s been the news many south Charlotte drivers have been waiting to hear.

For many people who drive in south Charlotte every day, it probably seems like the construction on I-485 will never end. But now, the Johnston Road flyover is nearing completion, meaning that task is months ahead of schedule.

Back when DOT announced the $83 million widening project, the completion date was set for December 2016. Much progress has already been made it the last year-and-a-half, and the entire project could be complete by the end of 2014.

The giant flyover will bring traffic heading northbound on Johnston Road to I-485 without having to wait at a traffic signal.

Drivers are expected to start using the flyover in early summer, around the same time cars will start using the new lanes. However, exisiting lanes will then be repaved.

Bob Presson is the project inspector. He says still, we need to mindful of the continuing work. Dealing with people driving way too quickly has been the biggest roadblock for crews.

Be patient. If you see an orange sign, slow down, he says. We're too close to the end to have anything happen.

DOT estimates about 130,000 cars drive that stretch of I-485 every day.

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